KATY (Covering Katy News) - Mike Schofield, R-Katy, officially announced on Tuesday night that he is running for State Representative in Texas House District 132 representing a portion of the Katy and Cypress areas of Harris County. It's a seat that he held for two terms until he was defeated by Democrat Gina Calanni who just completed her first legislative session. The race was decided by about 50 votes.
“The principles that have made America great – and have made Texas the envy of the rest of America – are free enterprise, limited government, low tax burden, and family values,” said Schofield. “I ran to fight for and protect these principles, and I will continue to do so if you send me back to the Texas House.’’
“Our district deserves a representative who is willing to hear directly from the families and constituents they are elected to represent,” continued Schofield. “I have knocked on thousands of doors and have had countless conversations about regarding the issues important to families and small business owners in Katy and Cypress.”
Schofield served as state representative for District 132 during the 84th and 85th legislative sessions.
"He was named “Freshman of the Year” for his work on crucial issues including school finance reform and property tax relief," said a press release from the Schofield campaign.
Previously, Schofield served as an advisor to former Governor Rick Perry on Voter ID, Tenth Amendment issues, election law, the Texas judicial system, and property tax appraisal cap reduction.
“My experience allows for me to hit the ground running on day one to fight for the conservative priorities of our district, including lowering property taxes,” said Schofield. “The Democrat incumbent has shown through her liberal voting record that a radical social agenda is more important to her than improving the quality of life for the thousands of Texans she represents.”
Following the Schofield announcement Rep. Calanni issued the following statement.
"House District 132 finally has real representation. After I was elected, I listened to the priorities of working families, community leaders, our public schools, and small businesses. We passed landmark legislation that provided property tax relief and substantial pay raises to teachers and staff in our local public schools. I’m excited to be running for re-election because our neighbors deserve a state representative who has the proven experience of fighting for Texas families. As a single mom proudly raising three boys in Katy public schools, I understand why we must build on the progress we made in the last legislative session, ensure access to high-quality, affordable healthcare, and increase funding for public education. I look forward to earning another term by knocking on doors, sharing our accomplishments, and listening to the needs of Texas families."